Bell’s LET’S TALK PROMOTION ~ Let’s Help!

LEt's TalkToday, let’s talk.

Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:

*By a Bell or Bell Aliant customer only. Regular long distance and text message charges apply.

DID YOU KNOW: 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at least $7.9 billion in 1998 – $4.7 billion in care, and $3.2 billion in disability and early death. “Since 2010, Bell has committed $62.5 million to mental health initiatives in Canada.” To learn more about what Bell is doing, visit
What is the economic cost of mental illnesses?
•The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at least $7.9 billion in 1998 – $4.7 billion in care, and $3.2 billion in disability and early death.
•An additional $6.3 billion was spent on uninsured mental health services and time off work for depression and distress that was not treated by the health care system.
•In 1999, 3.8% of all admissions in general hospitals (1.5 million hospital days) were due to anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, personality disorders, eating disorders and suicidal behavior.Sources: The Report on Mental Illness in Canada, October 2002. EBIC 1998 (Health Canada 2002), Stephens et al., 2001
How does it impact youth?
•It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
•Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
•The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
•Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
•Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
•Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
•Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.
•Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
•In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.
Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. Every time this image is shared, we'll donate an additional 5¢ to mental health initiatives in Canada: http://ow.ly/t0e3k #BellLetsTalk

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